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of us. man and his best friend. early in the morning people before they go to work will walk their dogs or go on a jog themselves with their dogs. joggers love the park, there's 7 miles of hiking trails and there's off trail paths that hikers can take. all the recreational areas are heavily used on weekends. we have the group picnic area which should accommodate 200 people, tennis courts are full. it also has 3 playground areas. the ampitheater was built in 1972. it was the home of the first blues festival. given the fact that jerry garcia used to play in this park, he was from this neighborhood, everybody knows his reputation. we thought what a great thing it would be to have an ampitheater named after jerry garcia.
that is a name that has panache. it brings people from all over the bay area to the ampitheater. the calls that come in, we'd like to do a concert at the jerry garcia ampitheater and we do everything we can to accommodate them and help them because it gets people into the park. people like a lot of color and that's what they call a park. other people don't. you have to try to reconcile all those different points of view. what should a park look like and what should it have? should it be manicured, should it be nice little cobblestones around all of the paths and like that. the biggest objective of course is getting people into the park to appreciate open space. whatever that's going to take to make them happy, to get them there, that's the main goal. if it takes a planter with flowers and stuff like that, fine. you know, so what? people need to get away from
that urban rush and noise and this is a perfect place to do it. feedback is always amazement. they don't believe that it's in san francisco. we have visitors who will say, i never knew this was here and i'm a native san franciscoan. they wonder how long it's been here. when i tell them next year we'll get to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the park, >> you're watching quick bites, the show that is san francisco. and today you're in for a real treat. oh, my! food inspired by the mediterranean and middle east with a twist so unique you can
only find it in one place in san francisco. we're at the 55th annual armenian festival and bizarre. this is extra special not only because i happen to be armenian, but there is so much delicious food here. and i can't wait to share it with all of you. let's go. armenia, culture and cusine has had much cultural exchanges with its neighbors. today armenian food infuses he flavor from the mediterranean, middle east, and eastern europe. >> this is our 55th year and in san francisco we're the largest armenian food festival and widely recognized as one of the best food festivals in the area. we have vendors that come up from fresno, from los angeles showing off their craft. we really feel like we have something for everyone in the neighborhood and that's really what it is, is drawing people to see a little bit of our culture and experience what we experience weekend in and weekend out. >> we are behind the scenes now
watching the chef at work preparing some delicious armenian kabob. this is a staple in armenian cooking, is that right? >> absolutely, since the beginning of time. our soldiers used to skewer it on the swords. we have a combination of beef and lam and parsley. and every september over 2000 pounds of meat being cooked in three days. >> after all that savory protein, i was ready to check out the fresh veggie options. >> this is armenian cheat sheet. it's tomatos and mint and olive oil. that makes summer food. and what i'm doing is i'm putting some nutmeg. it is kind of like cream cheese. in armenia when they offer you food, you have to eat it. they would welcome you and food is very important for them.
>> in every armenian community we feel like we're a "smallville"age and they come together to put on something like this. what i find really interesting about san francisco is the blends of armenia that come together. once they are here, the way people work together at any age, including our grandmothers, our grandfathers, skewering the meat, it's fun to see. fun to see everybody get together. >> we call it subarek. it's a cheese turn over if you want. we make the dough from scratch. we boil it like you do for la san i can't. >> the amount of love and karin fused in these foods is tremendous. they come in every day to prepare, cook and bake bread, all in preparation for this big festival. >> nobody says no. when you come them, they have to come tomorrow for the feast. >> what a treat it is to taste a delicious recipe, all made from scratch and passed down through generations. it really makes you appreciate the little things. >> it's one of the best
festivals. it's outstanding, a marvelous occasion. >> we're outside checking some of the food to go options. i grabbed myself a ka bob sandwich, all kinds of herbs and spices. i'm going to taste this. looking fantastic. one of the best i've had in a long time. you know it's delicious b i have just enough room for dessert, my favorite part. we're behind the scenes right now watching how all the pastries get made. and we've got a whole array of pastries here. honey and nuts and cinnamon, all kinds of great ingredients. this is amazing. here's another yummy pastry made with filo dough. oh, my god. really sweet and similar, it's lighter. this is what i like.
we have a lovely row here. looks like a very delicious and exciting surprise. i'm going to bite into it. here we go. um. this is great with armenian coffee. now we're making some incredible armenian coffee. >> we buy our coffee, they have the best coffee. they come from armenia, specially made. and would you like to try it? >> i would like to try. >> would you like sugar or no sugar? >> no sugar today. i'm so excited. really earthy. you can really taste the grain. i think that's what makes it so special. really comes out. i hope you try it. we're having a great time at
the armenian festival. we ate, we saw, and we definitely conquered. i don't know about you, but i have to go down to the food. check out our blog for so much more at sf bites at tums abler.com. until next time, may the force be with you. ♪ ♪ >> first of all, everybody is welcome and we ask two things when they get here. one, that they try something they've never tried before. be it food or be it dancing or doing something. and if they feel like it was worth their while to tell one person and bring that person, that family member, that friend down the street to come with them. >> we're going to have to do a lot of eating so get ready. >> get ready. and you diet tomorrow. much.
>> good afternoon. i'm supervisor yee representing district that. i want to thank you all for being here today, we're here today unified for children and families yes (clapping) we are honored to have not only mayor ed lee but assembly member tom who is on his way to join us today. thank you. (clapping.) this is a special day for san francisco children we'll be introducing the final version off our legislation the children
and families first initiative today at the board of supervisors meeting the final result was much, much input. from mire colleagues and from mayor lee's office the reward for working together is a strong, strong piece of legislation supported by not only by me but all 11 members of the board of supervisors and mayor ed lee. (clapping.) san francisco's population totaled children population is approximately one hundred and 9 thousand children. 56 thousands of those attend our publics schools there's about 35 thousand children between the age of zero and 5. this is why we're asking voters to support the children and
families initiative which brings amendments to our city chart of four elements number one reorientation of our children and family fund passed in 1991 and 2001. two the reauthorization the fund for the enrichment passed in 2004 one of those dates. number 3 modification of the rainy day reserves to become two see reserves and we will have baegs that that number 4 asking for the creation of the family council shared by mayor ed lee and superintendant. we have several goals to consider. strengthening the existing children's fund and the public
education enrichment fund and flrsdz resources and allow for more flexibility toe meet additional children and you and increased efficiency and provided better oversight. and highlights of the children and families initiative includes many things the creation of the children and families land that puts children first in providing city services and infrastructure including housing and number 2 the creation of the community advisory committee for the office of early chair and education and 3 the creation of the oversight and advisory committee for the department of children youth and their families and number 4 allow for original free school for all children serving children zoo to
5 with priority on the four years old and expanding the definition of transitsal age youth. number of increasing the set aside for children's services by 33.3 percent over a four-year period. number 7 increasing the amount of fund to our public schools by at least 6 million and 8 rainy day rules that provides san francisco school district to allow the district to have oethd for this allocation. the children between zero and 18 in san francisco is only 18.4 percent of our population making it the lowest in the united states. the city must do better for your
children and families this legislation will get us closer to doing a better job. first, i want to bring up mayor ed lee to kickoff today's program i'd like to visit him up and thank you for being here today to support this crucial measure mayor ed lee >> thank you supervisor yee. hello even e everybody happy summer in san francisco. this is to introduce something that the board has been working on and soberly supervisor yee and city leaders a lot of family and neighborhood advocates people that have been working on this for a very, very long time and you tell result is we say a united front in the city it's children and families first in the november ballot and thanks to the entire board amazing
voting their work is reflected in the hard work our offices do together to have a shared policy agenda for the entire city focused on our children, our youth and families. you know, we have one of the best public schools systems in the nation thanks to this incredible school board and the staff we have and we've been making record nichlts north e never letting the episodes that the state or national government effect us two negatively but we've attempted to recover that's why we have one of the best schools not only in the classroom what happens before and after that's with the families and in our neighborhood. and that's both of these incredible sources has come together to support but the
backdrop of a school that's improving and, in fact, not only do we enjoy record niechlts from the city but the private investments for the foundations that are putting their money together like the benny harassing foundation with their contributions to the middle school initiative but it climates all the foundations that are working with us they believe that early education and sustained support at the school system will help all the families improve and give the skills we need for the 21st century. this children and families first initiative brings together the children's fund and the public enrichment fund those are incredible fund and need to be renewed but we have not only
renewed them in this initiative we've adding for conflict of interests and creating accountability we've heard parents throughout the city they've never heard a lot of our programs they don't know where to enroll we want them to be provided with all the contributions that our city has been given but all the great programs and want to make sure that all the families that deserve our support get it in a way in which to in fact, and here heard from parent to have a more efficient system and let's not have me find out when my kids are in the teens there are so many great programs we've got to get a system that i think this is reflected in this
initiative to have families analyst it easier and to increase it at the time not only when the city is plentiful but when the city wants to enjoy more investments and i'm happy to join the entire board of supervisors the elected officials and tom who started a lot of this back in the days when he was supervisor i give him credit along with applicant working together they're pushing hard to make sure we have the best programs and we have the opportunity to have this conversation with the public this november. we're going to have the best children enrichment programs in the world here in san francisco. raids our families here and get our kids in the public schools?
going to be the best city for the families here >> thank you, mayor ed lee he did a pretty good job introducing assembly speaker tom he's also going to be considered an educator and the only reason we're talking re30 years anything is because of tom. thank you very much (clapping.) very kind words this is so cool i was going to photo bomb the mayor we'll wait on this. i was talking to commissioner 1915 (i) state plan hcbc about 24 or 25 years ago this women and men came in and presented this no idea and i said well, i like it i've taught school i say this was many, many deficiency on resources so sometimes under
the reagan bush years they'll take all the money away from the school district and have a skeleton crew but we needed to prioritize well kids are worth it we've got push back you, you know, it's a carve out but to me it was a compensation for all the years there were no money nor education and parks and libraries this was quite gifrt i'm glad to be here to start the engines on our school district system the business community has the criticism but superintendant co-sponsor random has done a good job so when businesses is this this and that when you want a worldwide school system to produce world-class
folks we need you to be helpful and to understand that that's why i want to say a big thank you to warren around the k3wrish9 program prop h, you know, (clapping) i was the lion tamper the guy who inherited the cats. he would curse and scream and showed me a to the once he got other activist tans to go neutral or support the willingly he was the bank we had a stunning victory on this sports and aortas and preschool it was a wonderful thing in san francisco the town that time forgot e and the rainy day fund
i knew what it was like to get a pink slip i said i'd rather wear one then get one kids related to a certain teacher and the teacher was begun we're one of the few places in california that really didn't have large layoffs so it's been a great journey without the board of supervisors and the school district working no partnership now and then none of this could happen once a teacher also a teacher i knew there was a difference between the city and school governs when the supervisors got elected to a certainly district all of a
sudden the parents are asking for a crossing guard there is no heat in the classroom and the initiative placing class that was recommended in 2000 came screaming to me i don't know about schools additional they learned so thank you. (clapping.) >> thank you tom. so i want to give an acknowledge this is thank you to the school board members concluding vice president emily and hydra mendosa and joe as mentioned already there's 11 supervisors that have signed on those co-chairs i'm proud to have that support so i'll acknowledge them quickly. president chiu, supervisor tang.
supervisor kim. supervisor david campos. supervisor mar. supervisor wiener. (clapping.) and i'll bet you they're all around somewhere but right now i want to bring up two supervisors that really worked hard with my office to put this altogether. their staff were incredible. and putting a lot of time and crafting something that is so strong that i believe its going to turn the tide around when it comes to children's staying in san francisco so let me bring up both supervisor avalos and supervisor kim to say a few words. supervisor avalos (clapping.) thank you, norman i want to say it's been a honor to work with you and helping to craft of the children family initiative that's not been easy but it's one that we set out to do
together and really by who is here on the steps of city hall the foundation of the community community and the which shall and families that will be getting the services we've done a great effort to pull together a great initiative to look at jashthsz for years to come in san francisco to make this work 26 years into the future from cradle to adulthood a pathway for opportunity and education and health and health care for housing services all those things are going to be in the children family initiative and a great source of funding foreign the school district and tall i'll this is under the theme we care about the kids in san francisco i've drafted the
children's fund part of the children family initiative by sitting bull i'll do that again we've put our minds together and see what life we can do this from the mayor ed lee and the board of supervisors and the foundation community and the lgbt community we've done that. and i want to say thank you it's been great to be part of the process and move to the ballot and win thanks >> (clapping) >> so i realize i'm stand on the stage with 6 other school board president's we've all served on the leadership the board of education it's amazing to have i'm sorry and angela i count her it's amazing to see
such strong political leadership for our public schools the public education fund i've been involved with since i cross paths with tom in march of 2004 with a strong community of youth and education leaders i want to say right now california it the 9th largest economy we've educated over 78 children out of 9 we believe this should be the best place but california ranks last in larcenies to student ratio and ranges last in guidance kournld and in 2008, california was ranked the 8 in pre k schools and 2012 california wagner was ranked 47.
in san francisco we've seen the impact of those state and federal policies things the implementation of our new graduations we've seen $77 million in cuts from the state and nearly half of our sf sophomores were not on track to graduate it's why the public enrichment fund in san francisco is important we is if the state and federal government will not take care of our our children city and county of san francisco well, this is what we've done 84 professional art teachers that work in our k through 1259 librarians. 2 hundred and thirty athletic coaches and 44 support
professionals and peer resources in our high school and constitute nutrition and wellness centers and transmission services for our parents so first, i want to thank the voters of san francisco for voting for this in 2004 (clapping) we have showed in the past 10 years that sf knows how to make the right investment for the outcomes we've seen the outcomes and now in the reauthorization i'm proud to say we're reforming things we've recovered the 25 percent trigger we're going not taking money away from our kids we've extended the sunset from 10 to 25 years he know this is something that voters about continue to support and feinstein we'll changed the rainy day fund from tom support
70 decided which when they need the fund without sending pink slips to our teachers (clapping) so this work couldn't have happened you without united states community folks that have advocated for the funding i want to recognize them and the young leaders i want to in particular thank supervisor yee and supervisor avalos and the reauthorization that's a roller-coaster ride but worth the effort. thank you (clapping) and it is my player to bring up the next speaker who will represent the board of education emily (clapping.) all right. where are our